Bayelsa Expunges 28000 ‘Ghost’ Workers From Payroll

The Bayelsa State said the ongoing public service reforms has

reduced its workforce from 55,000 to 27,000, thus fishing out and

expunging 28,000 ghost workers from its payroll.


The Bayelsa Commissioner for Information, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson,

made this known in a statement on Saturday in Yenagoa.


Iworiso-Markson was reacting to criticism by the Bayelsa chapter of

All Progressives Congress (APC) to the job losses occasioned by the

management of the reforms.


He berated APC for criticizing the reforms, adding that the aim was to

deal with payroll fraud and not to sack workers.


It would be recalled that an APC member of the Bayelsa House of

Assembly, representing Brass 1 Constituency, Mr Israel Soni-Goli while

receiving two members of the PDP led government noted that the

government was not managing the reforms properly.


The Bayelsa Commissioner for Youth Development, Mr Ibarakumo Otobo and

Mr Asari Mangeta, an aide to Gov. Seriake Dickson, had on Wednesday

defected from the PDP to APC.


According to Iworiso-Markson, the APC only made a failed attempt to

discredit the well intentioned and generally received by the public

sector reforms in Bayelsa.


He said that media reports quoting the APC as having described the

sack of 28,000 workers as regrettable only shows that the party and

its followers are not abreast of developments in Bayelsa.


He added that any politician attempting to attack the reforms and the

removal of fictitious names from the payroll was an enemy of Bayelsa

and her people.


The Commissioner described the commencement of the ongoing exercise to

engage 1000 workers into the public service as a pointer to the

benefits of the reforms.


He further said that the recruitment was in addition to the huge

financial reprieve from the removal of ghost names from the payroll.


He, however, challenged the APC to provide one qualified Bayelsa civil

servant who was sacked as a result of the ongoing reforms to back its



“It is clear that the APC in the state is worried by the wide

acceptance of the reforms by Bayelsans.


“When you are out against ingrained corruption, what do you expect?

Corruption will fight back. This is a classic case of corruption

drawing the daggers against the reforms in the name of APC in Bayelsa.


“Anybody faulting the holistic implementation of the reforms hates

Bayelsa; anybody attempting to politicize the removal of fictitious

names from the over bloated payroll is an enemy of the unemployed

Bayelsa youth.


“What this government has done is what other administrations failed to

do because they considered political considerations above the interest

and survival of our dear state.


“Who are the 28,000 workers that have been sacked? Where were they

sacked from? ‘’ he asked.


The commissioner added that the APC should be in a position to parade

some of the supposedly sacked workers from the public service.


He said the fact was that a party built on a mound of lies would not

stand, saying, this lie should be discountenanced as Bayelsa is not a

ghost society.


“You do not sack ghost because there is no provision for them in the

society of humans. Are they alleging the sacking of 28,000 ghost

workers, ‘’ he said.